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The Harry Potter Scandals

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2002: Harry Becomes a Dwarf

A fake Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Chinese Porcelain Doll, made the rounds in China. More bogus books followed, many of which were passed off as being written by Rowling, including 2007’s Harry Potter and Leopard Walk Up to Dragon. Porcelain Doll lifted plot points from Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and in the story, Harry becomes a dwarf, loses the ability to perform magic, then morphs into a dragon: “Harry doesn’t know how long it will take to wash the sticky cake off his face,” the text read. “For a civilized young man, it is disgusting to have dirty on any part of his body. He lies in the elegant bathtub, keeps wiping his face, and thinks about Dudley’s face, which is as fat as Aunt Petunia’s bottom.” Rowling and her lawyers sued, winning a monetary award and a published apology, but copies were widely distributed and are still believed to be in circulation.

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